ilke Homes CEO comments on Housing Implementation Taskforce meeting

Bjorn Conway, CEO, ilke Homes: “ilke Homes welcomes the news that the government’s Housing Implementation Taskforce met at Downing Street today. Homes England’s role is reinforced and there seems to be strengthening cross-Government commitment to dealing with the issues demonstrated by the... View Article

Carillion: the high cost of low margins

It would have been nice to have started 2018 on a high note, however the liquidation of Carillion is a catastrophe not only for the firm but the wider industry. Beyond the mayhem for the careers of the private and... View Article

Top interior design trends for 2018 – the year of texture?

In the midst of a tide of articles predicting the biggest trends for 2018, one oft-repeated word stood out: texture. Mentions of texture were scattered throughout articles published by global authorities on interior design, but each time, ‘texture’ was referenced... View Article

How contractors should respond to the Carillion collapse

Michael Gallucci, managing director of construction consultancy MPG, advises firms affected by the collapse of Carillion how to respond. When contracting on construction projects, it’s imperative to have appropriate written agreements and programmes in place. Often, contracts give both parties... View Article

GGF concerns after Carillion collapse

Following the collapse of Carillion this week Phil Pluck, GGF Group Chief Executive raises his concerns. “As the assessment of the true damage continues following the collapse of Carillion, it does raise some fundamental issues in terms of protecting both... View Article

Aldermore comments on latest RICS survey

In reaction to the latest figures from RICS, Charles McDowell, Aldermore’s Commercial Director, Mortgages comments: “December’s data shows that first time buyers have not rushed into the housing market to take advantage of the stamp duty cut which was announced in... View Article

Outlook for UK Build to Rent in 2018

2018 is going to be an important year for the UK’s Build to Rent (BtR) sector. As the industry flows into the next stage of its evolution, we’re going to start to see clear winners and losers emerge in the... View Article

JMW warns of housing crisis ‘perfect storm’ in 2018

As the UK’s population is set to exceed the 70 million mark and house prices continue to rise alongside interest rates, solicitors at JMW warn a property crisis will result in more multi-generational households in 2018 than ever before. The... View Article

CIAT supports interim Building a Safer Future report

CIAT welcomes and supports the interim report of Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety and looks forward to contributing to the next phase. In response to the interim findings, Alex Naraian PCIAT, President of CIAT, said ‘At... View Article

Property round up of 2017

John Elliott, Managing Director of Millwood Designer Homes looks at the major milestones and property market highlights for 2017. 2017 has been an interesting year in many ways, with a range of factors affecting the UK property market. Following the... View Article

2018 property commentary from Hampshire Trust Bank

Robert Grigg, Managing Director of Property Finance at Hampshire Trust Bank, calls for more support for SME housebuilders in 2018. Reducing red tape “SME housebuilders are missing out on opportunities due to the endless red tape that binds the existing... View Article

Hackitt Review to reform Building Regs backed by FMB

The initial findings of the Hackitt Review offer a positive step forward to address a multitude of failings within the construction industry and among its regulators, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said:... View Article

What you need to know about moving gym equipment

Moving any equipment can be a time consuming and difficult process, particularly if it is large and heavy. The ultimate irony of moving gym equipment is that it can really injure you if done improperly. If, for whatever reason, your... View Article

The case for reforming the CITB

Brian Berry says that the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) still has a key role to play, but changes are necessary to make it fit for purpose, going forward. The importance of training and recruitment has rarely been more important... View Article